This was originally the recipe for one big Victoria sponge, and it was the first ‘proper’ cake I made.
It was for my brother’s birthday and the success of it buoyed my interest in cooking as opposed to just food.
Here, I will give the recipe for 12 little cakes baked in a muffin tin, however I doubled the amount to make lots, as I have volunteered at 2 Christmas fairs today! Christmas fairs have bake sales -> I like baking -> the results are natural.
I did actually intend to make 2 big cakes, but the love rightfully pointed out that fairy cakes would sell better, so I improvised to make us both happy 🙂
Anyway, all you have to do to make one big Victoria sponge is to pour the mixture into 2 greased and lined cake tins, 20cm in diameter. This way the sponge rises beautifully so you have a very impressive looking cake.
Makes 12 sponge babies
- 175g unsalted butter, softened
- 175g caster sugar
- 175g self-raising flour
- 3 eggs, beaten
- approx 400ml double cream
- 12 tsp strawberry jam
- Preheat the oven to 180°c and fill the muffin tin with cake cases.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until light and creamy, then slowly add the beaten egg, making sure the mixture is well combined after each addition.
- Fold in the flour, taking care not to overwork, and add about 2 tbsp of the mixture to each case.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes. I find that the cakes still look a little uncooked after 20 minutes, but if you insert a skewer through the middle, it will come out clean 9 times out of 10, so don’t worry, if the skewer is clean they are ready!
- Leave to cool for 5 minutes in the tray, then remove and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
- Meanwhile, whip the cream until it nice and thick. Alternatively, you could use squirty cream for an easy option 🙂
- Remove each cake from its case, then carefully cut them in half horizontally. Now spread a teaspoon of jam and a little dollop of cream onto one half of each cake, then place the other half back on top. You may want to dust with icing sugar but this is entirely up to you.
- Finally, I know it’s a hassle but as the cake cases will now be slack and untidy, I like to place my finished Victoria babies into fresh cake cases. Admittedly, this is mostly for their purpose as Christmas fair goodies, so really a plate will be fine.
I feel it is also necessary to say that as this was my first Christmas fair bake sale effort, I (perhaps foolishly) didn’t make incredibly chocolatey cakes or anything covered in smarties or fancy cupcakes, but they still all sold: they appealed to the adults more so than the children.